Duquesne University '15
Majoring in Business
Member since 5/4/2012
It's there but not too bad – Other schools are definitely worse. There are no parties held on campus at all because you will be caught without a doubt. All parties are held in the Hill District, South Side, Pitt, or CMU. Yes, people smoke weed as well, but you will find that anywhere. Most people go off-campus to smoke it because everyone who has smoked it in the dorms has been caught - if you're going to smoke, don't be stupid about it. There are police officers on campus and whether it be people who live there or RA's, someone will call them. People drink in the dorms as well (especially when it is winter), but the RA's are also pretty good at catching that. If you're caught you have a meeting with the RD and you are usually sent to a DU Cares class after that (an alcohol-awareness/safety class, since the university doesn't make you take one when you first come like most schools do). It takes a LOT of write-ups for this stuff to get kicked out of school (I know a kid who did get kicked out, but only after he got 17 citations).
Not Too Difficult – To get into the school of business it's not too difficult at all. Get decent grades in high school and on your standardized tests and you'll be in. Once you get in, it depends on your program. Accounting majors have to keep at least a 3.0 and every major emphasizes getting at least a 3.0 so you can get a job once you graduate.
Better Than on Campus – Off campus dining, being in the city, provides a lot of options. Put Milano's number in your phone, because they are open until 3 or 4 am, so that's what everyone orders (usually under the influence of alcohol, so if you pass out before you get your pizza and pay, they blacklist you). Milano's is close to campus and has a college deal for the students ($10 get you a large pizza and free drink) and is of course really good. Cheesecake factory is also really popular, usually for birthdays. Being close to downtown, there are a lot of options there (Chipotle, Noodles & Co., Dunkin' Donuts, etc.), plus there is South Side (Pita Pit, Pretzel Factory, Milkshake Factory, etc.). You definitely won't get bored with off-campus dining options
Loop Bus – The school is the only school in the city that does not have city (Port Authority) bus passes for their students. The school offers a Loop Bus but it only runs on Friday and Saturday from 5:00 pm - 2:00 am and it has limited locations and only runs every hour. The first few weeks, catching the loop bus is not too difficult, but good luck after that. If you are lucky enough to catch it, then good luck getting on it, because chances are there are already 50 people packed into the tiny bus. They give phone numbers to contact the bus, but after the first few weeks they stop answering and the phones are always off, or if they do answer they always give an inaccurate answer. Usually we wind up giving up on the loop bus and take a cab or the city bus if it is snowing or raining (as it often is in Pittsburgh) or walk if it is nice out/if we don't have to walk through the hill district.
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